A teen cancer survivor helped scientists make a huge breakthrough in research involving her own extremely rare disease.
At 12 years old, Elana Simon was diagnosed with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Currently, the only treatment that has any positive effect on this disease is surgery.
The now 18-year-old, along with her father Dr. Sanford Simon, who himself runs a cellular biophysics lab at New York’s Rockefeller University, Dr. Michael LaQuaglia, surgeon at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a team of gene specialists, and another anonymous survivor of the disease, all co-authored the study that made a breakthrough in the fight against this rare cancer.
“The team reported their breakthrough Thursday in the journal Science, saying they'd found a break in genetic material that left the "head" of one gene fused to the "body" of another,” reports the Parent Herald. “The result was an irregular protein formation inside the tumor but not in normal liver tissue, possibly leading to cancer growth.”
The study is extremely small, as only 15 tumors have been tested, but the abnormality has been found in all of them. Currently, the National Institutes of Health is helping Simon and her team find more participants for the study. On average, only 200 people a year are diagnosed with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, and most are adolescents or young adults.
A 16-year-old boy and his family have filed a lawsuit against the town of Rotterdam, New York, seeking $1 million in damages after two police officers broke the teen’s arm.
The incident was caught on camera back in October. It all started when police were called by Jacob Gocheski’s school bus driver who said that he didn’t feel he could safely transport the mentally ill student to school because of “threats that the student made in an aggressive manner.”
The bus was in the driveway of Gocheski’s home when the incident unfolded, and police can be seen on video attempting to get Gocheski off the bus. The two officers had difficulty getting him to respond, so they used physical force to pull him off the bus. Disturbingly, the officers go to place the teen’s arms behind him and wind up breaking one arm. It’s clear to see that the boy’s arm has been broken, and even sound of the bone snapping is clearly audible.
"There was clear and obvious use of excessive force," said the family’s attorney Kevin Luibrand. "They placed his arm in a position where they locked the arm and proceeded with significant force to break the arm between the shoulder blade and elbow, creating a displaced fracture." Luibrand also says that the officers threatened to “hog tie” Gocheski and “exerted enough force to snap one of the strongest bones in the human body."
Gocheski was charged with obstruction of governmental administration, but the lawsuit says that the arrest and charge were simply to cover up the fact that the officers broke the boy’s arm.
Still, Rotterdam Police Chief James Hamilton insists that the officers did nothing wrong, maintaining that they “followed department protocol and procedures."
Gocheski’s family is seeking $1 million in damages for the incident that left the teen’s arm broken.
Teenage Girl Dies on Dublin Street After Pharmacist Refuses to Give Her an EpiPen Without a Prescription
A 14-year-old girl died recently after a pharmacy wouldn’t give her mother an EpiPen that would have stopped an allergic reaction to peanuts.
Emma Sloan was out to eat with her family when she ordered what she thought was curry sauce from a Chinese restaurant. The sauce turned out to be satay, which is made with peanuts, and a short time later, Sloan complained of trouble breathing.
She began to have a severe allergic reaction from ingesting the peanuts, so her mother ran around the corner to a pharmacy to ask them for an EpiPen. The EpiPen is a pocket-sized shot of adrenaline that reverses the effects of an allergic reaction, and had they been able to get their hands on one, they could have saved Sloan’s life.
The pharmacist, however, denied Sloan’s mother Caroline an EpiPen because she didn’t have a prescription, but encouraged her to take her daughter to the emergency room. Caroline pleaded with the man to give one to her, but he refused. Meanwhile, Emma Sloan laid out on the street in anaphylactic shock, surrounding by a crowd of onlookers as well as her two sisters. After being refused an EpiPen by the pharmacist, Carolina attempted to take her daughter to the nearest hospital, but she wasn’t able to get that far.
Emma collapsed on the street, and even though a passing doctor tried to keep her alive, she succumbed to the reaction and died in front of her family and a group of onlookers.
Caroline says she does not blame the Chinese restaurant for giving them the sauce with peanuts, but is furious that she was ignored by the pharmacist.
"I'm so angry I was not given the EpiPen to inject her. I was told to bring Emma to an A&E department," said Mrs. Sloan. "Emma was allergic to nuts and was very careful. How could a peanut kill my child? I want to appeal to parents of children with nut allergies to make sure their child always carries an EpiPen with them."
Emma has always been very careful and would check the ingredients of every chocolate bar and other foods to be sure they didn't contain nuts," Caroline added.
Both police and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland are currently investigating the young girl's tragic death.
A 19-year-old girl in Eugene, Ore., died after inhaling the household product Dust-Off in an apparent attempt to get high.
Shayla Ream’s family found her unconscious in her bedroom next to a puddle of her own vomit. Despite her grandfather’s attempts to give her CPR, the paramedics arrived and she was in critical condition. Early the next morning, Ream was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Ream’s family says that they’re sure the girl died from inhaling the Dust-Off, and the doctors agree. Now, Shayla’s sister Cassandra says she wants to make sure that other teenagers know the real dangers of doing what her sister did.
“I wouldn’t want this to happen to anybody else,” said Cassandra. “I really care about other people and for their sake and I know that my sister would care about them.”
Cassandra went on to explain just how her sister died.
“It coated her lungs as she huffed the inhalant called Dust-Off,” explained Cassandra. “When that happened it left no more oxygen to her brain, which shut off all of her organs. And it only happened in a matter of minutes.”
The family says that Shayla was “just starting to become somebody,” after completing her first semester in college and starting down the path to becoming a wedding planner.
Statistics show that inhalants are the fourth most abused substance behind alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.
A 61-year-old man is on the run in the Dominican Republic after the 13-year-old girl he had a sexual relationship with recently gave birth to triplet boys.
In the Dominican Republic, the legal age of consent is currently 18, but the country actually has an extremely high rate of teen pregnancies, with around 15 percent of teenager girls becoming mothers.
The 61-year-old man is now being hunted by authorities who plan to charge him with sexually abusing a child. If found and charged, the man could face decades in prison for his crime.
The three triplet boys, named Samuel, Joshua, and Jovanny, were all born premature and each weighed around 3-4lbs at birth, but doctors expect them to survive. The young mother of the newborn babies is reportedly “happy” after giving birth, despite the seriousness of the situation with the much older man.
Doctors say the girl is expected to return home with her children soon. Police are still actively searching for the 61-year-old man who fathered the teenage girl’s children.
Popular High School Student Sadly Commits Suicide One Day After Getting in Trouble for Throwing a Party
A 14-year-old high school freshman with a promising future took his own life after being caught throwing a party with some of his friends.
Reagan Austin Beene of Milton, Ga., was found dead by his sister. The teen was apparently outgoing, popular and well-liked, so his suicide came as a shock to his community. Reports claim that Reagan, along with some of his friends, were recently charged with underage drinking after police broke up a house party that the teens had thrown. He committed suicide just one day after being charged.
Schoolmates mourned over their friend’s untimely death and made a memorial outside of their school. Beene was a rising star on the football field as a freshman and also played lacrosse for his high school.
Cambridge High School Principal Ed Spurka sent a notice to families regarding Beene’s death.
“We express our deepest sympathy to the Beene family; our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief,” wrote Spurka. “Tonight and in the coming days, I encourage you to talk to your children about their feelings and experiences and encourage them to seek support from our counseling staff if appropriate.”
Friends took to social media to express their shock and sadness over the loss of Beene, with Twitter user @threebusybees saying what most are probably thinking, “It always comes back to the WHY? #RIPReaganBeene.”
Beene left behind his parents, two older sisters and younger brother. It has not been confirmed that the suicide had anything to do with the charges he was facing.
Ohio Teenager Claims He Accidentally Killed Friend While The Two Were Playing with Knives and Smoking Marijuana
An 18-year-old girl was tragically killed after she and a friend were playing around with knives and the friend, 17-year-old Adrien McGee, threw a knife at her. He claims that he was aiming for a tree, but because the two were high on marijuana, he missed and the knife struck her in the neck.
When McGee realized that the knife struck 18-year-old Danielle Michaels, he fled the scene and went on with his evening, reportedly shopping at Best Buy and watching sports with his brother at a local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. McGee’s parents claim that their son only left because he didn’t know how to handle the situation and that the whole thing was an accident. Police found the young woman’s body behind her school in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
“Once we identified the victim we were able to do some fairly quick backtracking and determine who she had spent some of the time with over the weekend,” said Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O’Neill, who also says McGee wound up confessing his involvement to police. “This person confessed and gave us significant indication that he was aware of the condition of the body, and the crime scene led us to believe at that point that we have the right person,'
While McGee maintains that his involvement in the death of his friend was an accident, police say that he knew exactly what he was doing. According to reports, they also claim that the teenager cut Michaels' arm with the knife.
McGee currently remains detained in a juvenile detention center. It is likely that although McGee is only 17, he will be tried as an adult.
A hearing is scheduled for November 27th.
An imam in England has his job back at Jamatia Islamic Center after being suspended for agreeing to marry off a 14-year-old girl.
Sajid Zafar Hussain had been suspended from his job for the last month after two undercover TV reporters were able to catch him on camera agreeing to marry off a teenager. The reporters were posing as the schoolgirl’s mother and brother and asked Hussain if he would be willing to give her away. He agreed. When the incident was made public, Hussain was immediately suspended.
The TV reporters actually visited 56 mosques across England and asked them if they would perform the marriage ceremony on a 14-year-old girl. Seventeen imams, including Hussain, agreed to perform the ceremony.
Police say that no action will be taken against Hussain because he didn’t actually commit a crime and go through with the ceremony.
“Those ceremonies were never conducted and having carefully scrutinized the footage and transcripts of the discussions, detectives from the force’s Public Protection Unit have established that no criminal offences were committed,” West Midlands Police said in a statement. “Detectives have also examined the records at the mosques to establish if other ceremonies have been conducted. Again, no crimes have been identified. Officers along with council officials and faith leaders are working closely with the Birmingham mosques mentioned in the programme to remind them of their responsibilities in relation to child protection issues.’’
Leaders of the Jamatia Islamic Center say that Hussain regrets what he did and that they strongly condemn his actions.
Many members of the mosque were split on their feelings regarding Hussain’s suspension. Some felt that it was justified, and others thought that it wasn’t right because he didn’t technically do anything wrong.
Regardless, Hussain is now back at his job at Jamatia Islamic Center and will not face any criminal charges.
A 13-year-old girl in Nevada is dead after her friend accidentally shot her while holding a family member's gun. Now, the District Attorney is saying that no one will be charged in what police call a “tragic accident.”
It was June 4th, and Brooklynn Mohler was hanging out with her friend at her residence in Henderson celebrating their last day of school before summer vacation. Mohler’s friend was holding a gun owned by her parents when it accidentally discharged. Mohler was shot and rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but unfortunately did not survive her injuries.
The 7th grade student’s death was shocking to everyone in the local community, and her friends at school said everyone liked her.
“She was really outgoing and bright,” said one friend. “She was friends with everyone. She was loud and funny.”
District Attorney Steve Wolfson said, in a statement to News 3, that while a careless accident definitely occurred, there is no evidence to suggest any intentional wrongdoing.
“I do find that there was negligence here, but we don’t have a criminal negligence statute on the books,” said Wolfson. “The one statute that arguably applies talks about the willful conduct of somebody, and that somebody must willfully put somebody in a situation where he could suffer harm or, in this case, death.”
Mohler’s family had started a Facebook page demanding that the owner of the gun be charged, but an investigation did not provide the appropriate evidence to warrant any charges.
Her former schools have since conducted multiple memorials to remember the young girl.
Residents in a neighborhood of Clarksville, Tennessee are asking a lot of questions after a shooting incident involving local police on Monday morning.
According to reports, police were called when it was discovered that a coyote infected with distemper was roaming around the streets. When police arrived to handle the situation, they decided that they had to put the animal down in the street.
"They noticed that it was foaming at the mouth and had an odd color in the eyes," said Officer Natalie Hall of the Clarksville police.
Officers drew their guns and fired shots at the coyote to kill it, but when they fired the rounds, some of them ricocheted and went where they weren’t supposed to. Some of the bullets went into cars, and another would up going through the window of a home and into the bedroom of a teenage girl, just narrowly missing her.
Now, neighbors have a lot of questions as to why the bullets created such a close call for the girl and did so much other damage.
Elizabeth Ward, the teenage girl that barely escaped being hit by the bullet, told News Channel 5 that she is lucky to be alive.
"If I had my blinds up and I was in my closet trying to pick out an outfit for today, I would've been dead," said Ward.
Police are currently investigating the incident to determine if action should be taken against the officers involved, and with the community shaken up, many are calling on the officers to be disciplined. The police department, however, is maintaining that, despite neighbors questioning otherwise, they coyote posed a threat to the community and the shooting was necessary.